10/21/2010

Phoenix cop pleads not guilty to murder

Court documents say he pulled his pistol, put it against the 29-year-old's head, and told him he didn't need a warrant

Associated Press

PHOENIX — A Phoenix police officer indicted on a second-degree murder charge for the on-duty shooting of an unarmed suspect pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Officer Richard Chrisman was arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court.

According to court documents, Chrisman pulled his pistol, put it against 29-year-old Danny Frank Rodriguez's head and told him he didn't need a warrant when Rodriguez ordered him out of his house on Oct. 5.

Court papers say that during the next few minutes, Chrisman shocked Rodriguez with a stun gun, shot his pit bull, then fatally shot Rodriguez.
 

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